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World's First 360° Aerial of North Korean Capital
Pyongyang, capital of one of the world’s most secretive and inaccessible countries, North Korea, now has aerial footage, shot from a microlight, by a photographer who was given rare permission to fly over and take an extended 360° video of the city.
Things to see includes the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, purported to be the largest stadium in the world with 114,000 capacity. It’s one of the highlights of the North Korean capital.
The video, shot in 3D, is a mesmerizing 12-minute look at one of the most secretive places on Earth. It was shot by a Singaporean photographer named Aram Pan, who told NK News that he filmed it in September, having been given permission by North Korean officials after several prior trips to the country.
Huntley Film Archives operates an internship scheme and they were recently joined by Maggie from Canada who spent a month at the archive. Hear about her experience at the archive in her own words:
"I had been trying for a while to get work experience in a role that could combine my background in library science and my love of film. When I was offered a chance to intern at Huntley, I immediately jumped at the chance! As I got closer to the start date, I had a million questions in my head: would I be able to keep up with all the information I’d get in a short amount of time? Would it just be me and a room full of film to sort through? Is there a room full of film? Well, yes, no and yes. I got my answers and more, starting with what to do after receiving films, how to catalogue a film, the commercial side to running an archive, and how to deliver a finished professional scan of a clip to a client.
"I’ve enjoyed learning about all the different aspects, but the parts I enjoyed the most were: handling the different film gauges and learning to use the Steenbeck projectors, film cataloguing and research, and scanning and processing of film clips. I learned that an accurate, detailed cataloguing of a film will lead to more effective research results, so in a way they go hand in hand. While describing films, I found myself researching more about the subject online to try and get more accurate information.
"When I observed the scanning process, I realised that it’s not as easy as I thought. There are so many factors to consider depending on the type and condition of the film you’re using. And then there are the many settings to work out, and calibrating the scanner, and colour correcting the image, and making sure the film behaves the way it should, and... so yes, many factors! While trying my hand at editing and processing the scans (a little easier and quite fun), I was shown how to use various software to extract audio, and how to clean up film to make it look as good as possible. After being reassured that I wouldn’t be able to accidentally alter the master scan forever, I noticed that you could do a lot to make a film look its best.
"I’ve learned a lot in a short amount of time, and this internship has taught me the importance of conserving our history in whatever way we can. We’ll probably never know how much undocumented film is out there, but all of it is important, and all of it should be preserved (it’s surprising how much information you can get from a 30 second advert about grocery shopping in the 1960s!) I hope to take this experience, and find a position where I can apply what I’ve learned. Thank you Jolene, Amanda, Bronwyn, Robert and Thomasin for letting me into your work space, and putting up with me and my many questions!’
If you’d like to do an internship at Huntley Film Archives, please contact Amanda Huntley.
Critical Past is a specialised vintage stock footage collection with millions of moving and stock photo images comprising one of the world’s largest royalty-free archive footage collections. All broadcast quality and available for immediate download in multiple HD and SD frame rates and codecs, including full resolution screeners.
StormStock's Amazing 2017 Hurricane Footage Now Available For Licence
StormStock, the world’s leading authority on storm footage, has been busy the past few weeks keeping up with the weather. The production team, founded in 1993 by filmmaker and veteran storm chaser Martin Lisius, captured elements from one of the most significant hurricane seasons the US and Caribbean have ever experienced.
"We had three historically significant storms in one season, which is exceptional," Lisius said. "Hurricane Harvey became the costliest natural disaster in US history while Irma was one of the most intense hurricanes every recorded. And, Hurricane Maria is noteworthy because of the profound impact it had on a single large island."
StormStock’s 2017 hurricane collection focuses on the "in progress" phase of the storms including extreme winds, powerful storm surge and unprecedented flooding. The team captured the new material on HD and 4K, including boat POV’s and aerials.
The footage is available now for use in theatricals, docs, PSA’s and commercials. Producers and researchers can contact StormStock to acquire a batch of preview clips delivered free of charge. Licencing is customised to meet the needs of each individual production.
Israel Footage Flies High with the Best Visual Media
Israel-Footage.com is possibly the largest one-stop-shop in the world for HD and 4K video content of Israel and its surrounding areas. Using some of today’s top technology, their crews have shot every corner of the country in order to provide footage users with a plethora of options to choose from. This includes footage of the country’s majestic scenery, some of its holiest relics, as well as aerials and documentary material.
Established in 2002, Israel-Footage library has since licenced footage to hundreds of film, TV and video productions taking place all over the world.